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In the early years of home computer ownership, magazines and newsletters might come bundled with a floppy disk to make it easier to load up programs discussed within their pages. These attached floppies (and cassettes as well) might have one or two programs on them.

After the dawn of CD-ROMs, packed-in CD-ROMs (and later DVD-ROMs) expanded out into lauded utilities and games, and also included drivers, demos, promotional material (including game trailers), and ultimately could be entire productions in themselves, providing menu-driven access to software with the magazine just referencing what was in the included CD-ROM. Pure CD-ROM and DVD-ROM magazines have also flourished to various degree.

This very large collection of cover disc images and files provides invaluable assistance to historical research, access to long-gone game and software company material, and early steps for genres of software that either took root or disappeared.

In many cases, the CD-ROM images can be browsed online, and individual files pulled from them.

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PC Gamer Magazine Cover Disc Collection
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247,100
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PC Gamer is a magazine founded in Britain in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future plc. The magazine has several regional editions, with the UK and US editions becoming the best selling PC games magazines in their respective countries.[1][2] The magazine features news on developments in the video game industry, previews of new games, and reviews of the latest popular PC games, along with other features relating to hardware, mods, "classic" games and various other...
PC Mania Magazine
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66
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192,018
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PC Mania is Bulgarian computer games media originally started as a computer magazine and transformed into on-line game media in the beginning of 2009. It is a prime Bulgarian on-line media source for gaming, Internet, and technology. It was established in 1998 and was the third Bulgarian computer games magazine after the brochure Top Games and the magazines Master Games and Gamers' Workshop. It is the oldest computer games media in the country and is indisputably the most popular media for...
Amiga Format Magazine Coverdiscs
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194
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119,596
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Cover CD-ROMs from Amiga Format magazine.
MacAddict Coverdiscs
collection
161
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102,710
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MacAddict was the first North American magazine focused on the Macintosh to include a CD-ROM with every issue. MacAddict's discs included shareware and demo programs, but also came with other added features, such as staff videos and previews of content inside the magazine's hard copy. The MacAddict website was updated daily with news relevant to Apple products. MacAddict also had a mascot, a stick-figure named Max. In February 2007, MacAddict was relaunched as MacLife.
PC Zone and CD Zone CDs
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61
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99,385
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PC Zone, founded in 1993, was the first magazine dedicated to games for IBM-compatible personal computers to be published in the United Kingdom. Earlier PC magazines such as PC Leisure, PC Format and PC Plus had covered games but only as part of a wider remit. The precursor to PC Zone was the award-winning multiformat title Zero. Here are CD-ROMs and issues from PC Zone.
The Games Machine Magazine (CD and DVDs)
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225
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The Games Machine, also known by the acronym TGM, is an Italian Video game magazine. The magazine features previews, reviews, and cheat codes for computer games. Launched in September 1988 as the Italian edition of the British magazine The Games Machine by the Milan-based publishing company Xenia Edizioni. The publishing of the Italian edition has continued also after the close of the British edition, The Games Machine became one of the most popular video games magazine in Italy. In November...
Linux Format Magazine DVD-ROMs
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155
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88,398
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Linux Format was the UK's first Linux-specific magazine, and is currently the best-selling Linux title in the UK. It is also exported to many countries worldwide. It is published by Future Publishing (which produces PC Plus, .net and many other computer magazines). Linux Format is commonly abbreviated to LXF, and issues are referred to with LXF as a prefix followed by the issue number (for example LXF102 refers to the 102nd issue). Articles within Linux Format are well established, regularly...
GameStar CD-ROM CoverDiscs
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1
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76,457
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GameStar is a monthly released PC computer game magazine, published by the IDG Entertainment Media GmbH in Germany. In 2008 it had an average monthly circulation of 250,000 copies and is therefore the best sold PC computer game magazine in Europe. It is also being published in Hungary, the Czech Republic and China. IDG started it also in Italy, Poland and the USA?but those issues have folded after a few months, although the corresponding web sites still exist. The US version was, quite...
PC Action CD-ROM Cover Discs
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67,010
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Die PC Action (kurz PCA) war ein deutsches PC-Spiele-Magazin, herausgegeben von der Computec Media AG in Fürth. Die PC Action erschien monatlich, normalerweise am zweiten Mittwoch jeden Monats, und hatte pro Ausgabe etwa 150 Seiten, abhängig vor allem von der Anzahl aktuell erscheinender Spiele. Die Zeitschrift hatte einen humoristischen Einschlag. Mit der Ausgabe 01/2013 stellte Computec Media die Zeitschrift ein.
Maximum PC CD-ROMs
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Maximum PC, formerly known as boot, is an American magazine and web site published by Future US. It focuses on cutting-edge PC hardware, with an emphasis on product reviews, step-by-step tutorials, and in-depth technical briefs. Component coverage areas include CPUs, motherboards, core-logic chipsets, memory, videocards, mechanical hard drives, solid-state drives, optical drives, cases, component cooling, and anything else to do with recent tech news. Additional hardware coverage is directed at...
Interactive Entertainment
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16
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53,756
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IE Interactive Entertainment was a multimedia CD ROM magazine founded by Yale Brozen with Steve Scivally. After the first prototype issue zero, the first issue was released May, 1994. The CD magazine went on for about 25 or so issues. The CD's had previews, reviews, tips, etc, all in video/voice format. Many of the reviewers were pretty funny, and had some good banter back and forth, especially in the reviews when they disagreed. Near the end the CD Magazine was merged with Computer Games...
CU Amiga Magazine Coverdiscs
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27
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51,174
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Cover CD-ROMs from CU Amiga magazine.
Topic: Amiga software
Power Play CD-ROM Cover Discs
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63
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44,730
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Cover CD-ROMs from Power Play Magazine.
The Gambler Magazine Cover CD-ROM Collection
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53
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38,425
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Gambler Magazine is a polish-language technology magazine with cover CD-ROMs. This is a collection of images of these CD-ROMs.
Computer Gaming World Coverdiscs
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102
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32,137
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A collection of Cover CD-ROMs from Computer Gaming World magazine.
PC Spiel CD-ROM Cover Discs
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22
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30,613
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A collection of cover CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs from PC Spiel Magazine, a German-language computer magazine published in the 1990s.
Inside MultiMedia CD-ROM
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23
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29,590
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Inside Multi-Media is a collection of CD-ROMs released by Tronic-Verlag (German) through the 1990s. Containing music, graphics, and design software, multiple CD-ROMs were released over years.
PC Format Coverdiscs
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61
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28,284
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Coverdiscs for PC Format magazine by Future Publishing.
Score Magazine CD-ROM
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14
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27,152
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A collection of CD-ROM based magazine issues.
PC World CD-ROMs (US, Italian, Polish)
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165
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24,946
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PC World, stylized PCWorld, is a global computer magazine published monthly by IDG. Since 2013, it has been an online only publication. It offers advice on various aspects of PCs and related items, the Internet, and other personal technology products and services. In each publication, PC World reviews and tests hardware and software products from a variety of manufacturers, as well as other technology related devices such as still and video cameras, audio devices and televisions. The current...
Secret Service Magazine Coverdiscs
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43
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22,301
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CD-ROMs from the Polish Computer Magazine "Secret Service".
Powerdrive CD
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21,489
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Cover CD-ROMs from Power Drive Magazine.
Amiga Dream Cover CDs (French)
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19
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20,524
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Amiga Dream est la première publication du groupe Posse Press (également éditeur de PC Team). Elle a été créée à l'époque par Romain Canonge, ancien journaliste d'Amiga Revue, Francis Poulain, ancien membre du service technique de Commodore France et Christine Robert, ancienne rédactrice en chef d'Amiga Revue. Le premier numéro est sorti en novembre 1993 simultanément à l'arrivée en France de l'Amiga CD32, troisième console de la firme Commodore International après le C64GS et...
PC Joker Cover CD-ROM
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20,393
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Der PC Joker war die erste Computerspiele-Zeitschrift für IBM-PC-kompatible Computer, die wie der Amiga Joker im Joker-Verlag erschien. Der Verlag hatte seinen Sitz in Haar (bei München). Herausgeber des PC Joker waren Michael Labiner und seine damalige Ehefrau Brigitta Labiner. Zu den bekanntesten Redakteuren des Magazins gehörten Carsten Borgmeier und Richard Löwenstein. Weitere bekannte Redakteure des PC Joker waren unter anderem Markus Ziegler, Michael Trier, Dieter Marchsreiter,...
Fun Online CD-ROM Coverdiscs
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12
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19,445
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Fun Online is a series of German-language CD-ROMs.
Chip CD-ROM Collection (Polish)
collection
92
ITEMS
18,295
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A collection of Polish-language cover CD-ROMs containing shareware and programs.
Inside Mac Games CD-ROMs
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43
ITEMS
17,527
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Inside Mac Games, or IMG for short, is a website dedicated to Apple Macintosh computer gaming. Founded in 1993, Inside Mac Games has transitioned from an electronic magazine into a web-only publication. It is operated by Tuncer Deniz.
3D World CD-ROMs
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40
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17,414
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NET Power CD-ROM
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29
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17,309
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A collection of CD-ROMs from NET Power magazine.
Computer Buyer Magazine Coverdiscs
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40
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16,548
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Cover CD-ROMs from the UK magazine Computer Buyer, which ceased publication in 2009.
Topic: coverdiscs
bootDISC CD-ROMs
collection
40
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16,045
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bootDISC Cover CD-ROMs
PC Online Cover Discs
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11
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15,972
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Cover CD-ROM and DVD-ROMs from PC Online Magazine.
Linux Magazine CD-ROM Collection
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33
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15,844
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Linux Pro Magazine keeps the emphasis on real-life, practical techniques, which has helped make it one of the fastest growing Linux magazines worldwide. Linux Magazine (ISSN 1471-5678, aka Linux Magazine International; North America: Linux Pro Magazine, ISSN 1752-9050; German: Linux-Magazin, ISSN 1432-640X) is an international professional journal. It addresses itself to readers who work professionally with operating systems based around the Linux kernel. Linux Magazine is published by the...
Riki Cover CD-ROM and Floppies
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Riki is a Polish computer magazine which included cover CD-ROMs (and floppy disks) through their years of publication.
Joystick Magazine Cover CD-ROMs
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Joystick est un ancien magazine français de presse francophone spécialisé dans les jeux vidéo sur ordinateurs personnels. Paru initialement sous la forme d'un hebdomadaire en 1988 et 1989, il passe mensuel en 1990. Sa diffusion s'arrête en 2012.
Total Guitar CD-ROMs
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10,794
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PC Plus Magazine CD-ROMs
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10,577
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PC Plus was a computer magazine published monthly from 1986  until September 2012 in the UK by Future plc. The magazine was aimed at intermediate to advanced PC users, computer professionals and enthusiasts. The magazine was specifically for users of PCs and related technologies so features articles were undiluted by coverage of other platforms.
Kompuutteri Kaikille CD-ROMs
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10,255
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Macworld Cover CD-ROMs
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9,311
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CD-ROM Today Cover Discs
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CD-ROM Today was an American magazine targeted at computer users. Published from 1993 to 1996 by Imagine Publishing (now Future US), the magazine was initially issued once every other month, before becoming a monthly. Each issue included software and hardware reviews, as well as a CD containing fonts, video and text files, system updaters, freeware and shareware and demo versions of commercial software. Products were included for both Macintosh and Windows PC. CD-ROM Today was the...
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CD and DVD Coverdiscs
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Third volume of MSX Magazine CD-ROM, of a special three-volume "revival" of the magazine on the occasion of the platform's 20th anniversary. Contains a selection of MSX material -- chiefly, software playable via the MSXPLAYer emulator executables (versions for Windows and PocketPC 2002). Also includes scans of game and software manuals. Open the "index.html" file in the root directory for easy navigation. ---Contents--- Windows • "Pleasant 8-Bit Games:" Aleste;...
Topics: MSX, computers, Japanese computers, magazine CD-ROMs
PC Zone and CD Zone CDs
by Dennis Publishing
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This coverdisk of the UK's PCZone magazine dated April 1995 (with Bioforge on the cover) contains 1000 Doom/Heretic/Doom 2 Levels, a Heretic Level Editor, Doom 1.9 patches, and various demos such as: Star Wars: Dark Forces, Descent, Iron Assault, Virtual Chess, Mortal Kombat 2, Noctroplis, Wings of Glory Version F1.6, and Premier Manager 3. There was an accidental inclusion of a pornographic Doom modification which when later found by buyers raised some controversy.
Topics: MS-DOS games, magazine coverdiscs, video games, DOOM, first-person shooter
Igromania CD-ROMs
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5,567
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«Игрома́ния» — ежемесячный российский мультиплатформенный журнал о видеоиграх. Издаётся с сентября 1997 года издательским домом «Техномир» (с 2013 года сменившим название на «Игромедиа»). Среди журналов о компьютерных играх «Игромания» имеет крупнейшие в России тира и...
Game.EXE Cover CDs
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5,453
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Game.EXE is a now-defunct monthly Russian magazine focused on video games. It was initially launched titled Toy Shop (Russian: Магазин игрушек) from March 1995 to December 1996. Starting 1997, it was renamed Game.EXE and ran until June 2006, with last 4 issues all in June.
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
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First volume of MSX Magazine CD-ROM, of a special three-volume "revival" of the magazine on the occasion of the platform's 20th anniversary. Contains a selection of MSX material -- chiefly, software playable via the MSXPLAYer emulator executables (versions for Windows and PocketPC 2002). Also includes scans of game and software manuals. Open the "MSXPLAYerinst.htm" file in the root directory for easy navigation. ---Contents--- Windows • "Pleasant 8-Bit Games:"...
Topics: MSX, computers, Japanese computers, magazine CD-ROMs
PC Gamer Magazine Cover Disc Collection
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Games Machine CD ROM Total Annihilation (1997)
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
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Second volume of MSX Magazine CD-ROM, of a special three-volume "revival" of the magazine on the occasion of the platform's 20th anniversary. Contains a selection of MSX material -- chiefly, software playable via the MSXPLAYer emulator executables (versions for Windows and PocketPC 2002). Also includes scans of game and software manuals. Open the "index.html" file in the root directory for easy navigation. ---Contents--- Windows • "Pleasant 8-Bit Games:" C-So!;...
Topics: MSX, computers, Japanese computers, magazine CD-ROMs
Hacker Cover CD-ROMs
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34
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4,613
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Cover CDs from the Russian magazine "Hacker" or хакер.
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
by Future Publishing
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We ♥ Manga Art Our best DVD ever! 22 hours of video
Topics: magazine coverdiscs, digital art
PC Joker Cover CD-ROM
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NET Power CD-ROM
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Inside MultiMedia CD-ROM
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The Games Machine Magazine (CD and DVDs)
by Xenia Edizioni
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The Games Machine - Italian PC Magazine Cover disk n. 11 bundled with magazine n. 82 DEMOS * Wing Commander 4 * FIFA 96 * NHL 96 * Abuse * Fatal Racing * Time Gate * Navy Strike * Pro Pinball * Indy Car Racing 2 * Big Red Racing * Shivers * Torin's Passage ADDITIONAL LEVELS * Doom * Doom 2 * Descent WALKTHROUGHS * Monkey Island * Monkey Island 2 * Alone In The Dark CHEATS * Command & Conquer * Magic Carpet * Fade to Black * others...
Topics: tgm, the games machine, italian
PC Gamer Magazine Cover Disc Collection
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This month, on The CD... Quake ATF M1A2 Abrams Lemmings Paintball Settlers 2 Shattered Steel ShellShock Star Fighter PC Cats Iron Blood Return of Arcade Shakii the Wolf Alien Trilogy Death from Above BONUS! AOL Software Inside!
Topics: MS-DOS games, magazine coverdiscs
Games Machine CD ROM Excessive Speed (1998)
PC Gamer Magazine Cover Disc Collection
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This month, on The CD... Magic Carpet 2 (Electronic Arts) Hi-Octane (Electronic Arts) Primal Rage (Time Warner Interactive) Entomorph (SSI) Powerhouse (Impressions) FX Fighter (GTE) Need for Speed (Electronic Arts) Skyborg (Skybox International) Apache (Interactive Magic) Prisoner of Ice (I-Motion) Witchaven (Capstone) Pinball Illusions (21st Century Entertainment) Ultimate Football '95 (MicroProse) Plus... America Online, Genie, ImagiNation and PlayNet online services, bug patches, and brand...
PC Spiel CD-ROM Cover Discs
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PC Zone and CD Zone CDs
by Dennis Publishing
software
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Cover CD for PC Zone magazine, issue #48, March 1997. The main feature was over 500 Quake add-on levels/utilities and over 500 Duke 3D levels.
Topics: quake, dukenukem, pczone, shareware
CU Amiga Magazine Coverdiscs
by EMAP
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Final coverdisc for the last-ever edition of CU Amiga magazine,  Issue #104 . Cinema 4D: 16110502929-3973A7 Magiclink: 911938879510
Topics: Amiga CD-ROM, Cinema 4D, Napalm (videogame), Wasted Dreams, Evil's Doom, NewsRog, WarpOS 3.1, Putty...
Interactive Entertainment
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Interactive Entertainment (IE)  was an interactive multimedia CD-ROM  magazine published by Interactive Publishing, Inc. covering DOS, Windows,  and console games. The magazine software was designed to run on Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. Unlike competing printed publications which offered CD cover disks as a  supplement containing demos and utilities, each IE disc was a fully self-contained magazine offering all editorial content in the form of video, audio, and text, as well as...
Topics: IE, CD MAG, CD ROM, Interactive Entertainment, CD magazine, software, computer games, reviews,...
Compatibles PC Magazine CD-ROMs
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Power Play CD-ROM Cover Discs
software
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Score Magazine CD-ROM
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The Games Machine Magazine (CD and DVDs)
software
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Games Machine CD ROM Rayman (1995)
CU Amiga Magazine Coverdiscs
by EMAP
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Coverdisc for Issue #92 of CU Amiga magazine.
Topics: Amiga CD-ROM, T.F.X., Video Easel, TB 303, magazine coverdiscs
PC Gamer Magazine Cover Disc Collection
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PC Gamer Magazine (Italian Edition) Coverdisc Year IV - n. 27 DEMOS * Need for Speed II SE (3Dfx) * CART Precision Racing * Test Drive 4 * Road Rash * NBA Action '98 * Dark Reign * Myth: The Fallen Lords * Earth 2140 * East Front * Tanarus * Star Command: Deluxe * Addiction Pinball * Ultra 3D Pinball: The Lost Continent PATCHES / ADDONS * Doom II * Duke Nukem * WarCraft II * Quake * Archimedian Dynasty * BGVIII: Prelude to Waterloo * BGIII: Waterloo * Carmageddon * Chasm: The Rift * Chessmaster...
Topics: pcgamer, demos, italian
The Games Machine Magazine (CD and DVDs)
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Games Machine - Homeworld Cataclysm (2000)
Interactive Entertainment
by Interactive Entertainment
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Interactive Entertainment (IE)  was an interactive multimedia CD-ROM  magazine published by Interactive Publishing, Inc. covering DOS, Windows,  and console games. The magazine software was designed to run on Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. Unlike competing printed publications which offered CD cover disks as a  supplement containing demos and utilities, each IE disc was a fully self-contained magazine offering all editorial content in the form of video, audio, and text, as well as...
Topics: IE, CD MAG, CD ROM, Interactive Entertainment, CD magazine, software, computer games, reviews,...
MacAddict Coverdiscs
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MacAddict #93 Cover Disc. The Disc May 2004 52 Apps & Demos. 20 iLife Enhancements, Video Effects, Audio Loops, DVD Themes, Visualizers, Demos, and More.... 11 Music-Making Apps, Mixers, Synthesizers, Editors, Recorders, Sequences, Demos and More... Plus 21 Utilities, Games, Productivity Apps, Demos, and a Whole Lot More! On Disc! Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Demo.
CD and DVD Coverdiscs
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Topics: Twilight cds, Twilight dvds, dos apps, win95 apps